A lanky, right-handed pitcher/first baseman/outfielder, who began his career in 1953 with West Chevrolet Little League, Canton Road Pony League and at Mogadore High and Post# 209 where he developed into one of the county's best pitchers. He was the last athlete to earn nine varsity letters at Akron U (football & baseball), led the Zips pitching with a 1.58 ERA in 1960 and a 1.01 ERA in 1962. Continued in AA ball with Akron Co-op, Tiny's and Red Peppers while taking coaching stints at Ohio U and Akron U. Made numerous All-Star teams at the youth and high school level, including All-State in 1959, All-Ohio Conference with the Zips, and 1963 Zip Athlete of the Year. Tom was truly a versatile athlete and ballplayer.